Fun zone, concert and obstacle course highlight community days
BY KAYLA PONGRAC
Our Town Correspondent
The 37th Annual Duncansville Community Days will take place July 18 to 20 at Duncansville Memorial Park, located at 828 8th Avenue in Duncansville. Admission and parking are free.
Festival hours are 6 to 10 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 4 to 10 p.m. Saturday.
Duncansville Memorial Park has recently undergone a $200,000 renovation, and organizers say they are looking forward to festival-goers seeing the park’s new look and additions, including two baseball fields.
“After three floods last year, a lot of work and money have gone into the park,” said festival chairman Lloyd Forshey Jr. “We want our citizens to see what local and state governments are able to do when they work together.”
Forshey said that this festival attracts approximately 3,000 people over its three-day duration, and there is “something for everyone.”
Highlights this year are an inflatable fun zone featuring slides and an obstacle course and a free concert by Beach Boys tribute band Still Surfin’.
This year’s festival coincides with the 125th anniversary of the Duncansville Volunteer Fire Company, so organizers have scheduled a parade on Thursday evening beginning at 4:30 p.m. in order to celebrate said anniversary.
“It means a lot to a community to have a volunteer fire company for such a period,” Forshey said. “They are a great group of first responders who not only cover the borough, but also two townships and the borough of Newry.”
The approximately hour-long parade is to form at the Antique Depot; it will travel east on Route 22 and turn left at the Sunbrook Manor Apartments toward Duncansville Memorial Park.
A “Family Night” will also take place Thursday evening. Families can enjoy exotic live animal encounters; Jaffa clowns; a magic show; and live performances from Hollidaysburg Area High School’s drum line, Hollidaysburg Children's Theatre and Holliday Dance.
An “Antique and Classic Car Cruise-In” is also scheduled for Thursday from 6 to 9 p.m. behind Sunbrook Manor. All who enter are to receive a prize.
Friday’s and Saturday’s festival itinerary includes family friendly events and activities.
Children can enjoy games and activities, as well as the opportunity to meet mascots Smokey Bear and McGruff the Crime Dog.
Adults can play Bingo; enjoy DIY demonstrations from Ace Hardware; and shop for arts and crafts from a variety of vendors.
Approximately 15 non-profit food vendors will be on the grounds during the festival. Food items that can be purchased include: ox roast, fries, wings, pizza, pulled pork, hotdogs, pretzels and more.
All funds raised by the participating non-profits benefit those organizations, Forshey said.
A fireworks show by Brumbaugh Fireworks Display is to begin at 10 p.m. Saturday evening.
The entertainment line-up for Friday and Saturday includes Steve “That DJ Guy,” The Chrome Hearts, Still Surfin’, Three of Hearts and The Horseshoe Cloggers.
For more information and updates about the festival, search for “Duncansville Community Days” on Facebook or call 814-695-5928 between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.
“We want people to have a great time and meet the people of the great little borough of Duncansville,” Forshey said.